Articles by Stan Dean

Greener Grass

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The story is told of an Indian chief who had a beautiful field of corn. One lady was so impressed with it that she went to the chief and asked if she could pick just one ear for seed. He consented, but made one stipulation. She could walk down any one row of her choosing and select any ear that she desired; however, she could not go back to pick an ear once she had passed it.
Agreeing to the chief’s stipulation, she selected the longest and tallest row of corn in the field. She passed stalk after stalk thinking the next one would yield a fuller ear. However, before she realized it she was at the other end and had failed to pick any corn.

When I read this story it made me wonder if her indecision was caused by wanting the best ear she could find or discovering that the ears looked different up close than from a distance. I choose the latter.

The reason for choosing the latter is because of some people I know. The best things in life to them are owned by someone else. They feel like everybody else has a better car, better house, better clothes, better job, better looks, better luck, and just generally a better life. All this is done to the neglect of their own self-worth and blessings. Truly, it is the classic “the grass looks greener on the other side” syndrome. And all the while they fail to realize that the view might be different if they were on the other side.

If this is you, have you ever stopped to consider that even if the grass looks greener, you have to mow it too? Or, has it ever crossed your mind that those people on the other side might (and probably do) look at some things in your life as a place where the grass is greener?
We all would do well to learn a lesson in contentment. No doubt if we would spend less time looking at the “other side” and give more attention to “our side,” “our grass” would surely get a whole lot greener!

It was Jesus who taught, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:15).

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